Day trip: Exclusive winemakers dinner in partnership with Balfour Hush Heath Estate on board the Belmond British Pullman
Prices from £475 per person
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Board the luxurious carriages of Belmond British Pullman to indulge in a fantastic five-course tasting menu paired with exclusive, limited-edition wines from the award-winning Balfour Hush Heath Estate.
Departing from London on Friday 14th February at approximately 18:50 and returning the same day at 23.15. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Your experience begins at London Victoria Station. Dressed in your elegant finery, accompanied by the tuneful harmonies of the Spitfire Sisters, board the Belmond British Pullman and be greeted by your personal steward. Settle into your comfortable armchair at a table set with crisp white linen and bespoke tableware. As you pull out of the station, whet your appetite with a glass of chilled Balfour Brut Rosé. Admire the sumptuous art deco surroundings of your vintage carriage, including highly polished marquetry, silken lampshades and plush fabrics. Soon, your steward will serve the first enticing course.
For this extraordinary dinner, we will be showcasing the work of three expert winemakers from Balfour Hush Heath Estate, in the heart of Kent, who have created a very special collection of limited-edition wines. Be among the very first to taste these still and sparkling masterpieces as they enjoy their premiere aboard Belmond British Pullman. Only a maximum of 2,000 bottles of each will be released. To complement the wine, our Executive Chef has devised five exquisite dishes. Sourcing ingredients from farmers and producers in the Garden of England, he and his team have crafted locally- and seasonally-inspired specialities that evoke the Golden Age of Travel. The winemakers will be with you on board to talk about their creations. They’ll share knowledge, stories and entertaining anecdotes about English wine – its past, present and very exciting future. Relax over coffee and petits fours before pulling back into London Victoria Station and alighting with your delectable memories.
What to Wear
Smart day-wear is appropriate; You can never be over dressed on this iconic train. Please do not wear jeans or trainers.
The Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920s and 30s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate the sovereignty of Britain’s gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world’s most romantic and exclusive adventure.
The Belmond British Pullman can carry up to 226 passengers and the carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each. On board passengers are seated in either ‘coupé’s’ (small compartments seating up to four people) or in the open car mostly at tables for two. There is a limited number of single tables and tables for three in the open car.
The Belmond British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in Britain from that time onwards.
These luxury day cars formed the train that would take passengers from London to the English Channel ports as part of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The history of the train lies in the individual carriages which today form the Belmond British Pullman. The carriages have changed hands many times during their lifetime and bring with them stories and events which give them their unique character.